News & Events
Media Coverage of RC in the Philippines Goes Viral
Ratio Christi's Philippines Team completed the Second Annual RC Apologetics Academy and Conference in Manila in June, 2015. Thanks to a compelling photo posted online, an article was published at WheninManila.com. The photo and interview feature a medical student who is an RC member at the University of the Philippines in Manila. On Facebook, the photo garnered over 6,900 hits before the Conference was over. The internet media in the Philippines is viewed by over ten million people. Because the photo and article went viral, one of our U.S. leaders who is working for us in the Philippines, John Phillip Pesebre, was invited to host a radio broadcasting slot on Manila’s only Christian radio station.
Ratio Christi highlighted in American Family Association Journal
In a feature article entitled "Campus Culture Special Ops," The American Family Association Journal for July 2015 highlights Ratio Christi. Reporter Stacy Long interviews RC President Corey Miller and three students from our clubs at various universities. Miller explains our strategies to address the challenges of extreme political correctness in academic environments, and the students explain how RC has helped them, through apologetics, to develop stronger evangelism and conversation techniques and to strengthen their own walks with the Lord.
Called2Action Radio's Steve Noble interviews RC Reps on Newly Syndicated Show
"Called2Action" radio host Steve Noble has interviewed representatives from Ratio Christi twice before. Now, recently syndicated on USA Radio Networks, Noble hosted Michael C. Sherrard of our College Prep division and Curtis Hrischuk, chapter director of RC at North Carolina State University, on June 30, 2015. The topic this time was "Teaching Church Kids How to Think" in order to keep them from falling prey to the liberal and atheistic culture on college campuses. This may stop the flow of youth exodus from the church and their Bible-based faith. We thank Noble for his support of Ratio Christi through giving us repeated airtime on the program. Due to his new syndication on more than 30 nationwide stations beside his earlier North Carolina area affiliates, Sherrard and Hrischuk were heard far and wide.
RC Staff member's Culture-Challenging Book published by Kregel
Relational Apologetics: Defending the Christian Faith with Holiness, Respect, and Truth by Director of Ratio Christi's College Prep division, Michael C. Sherrard, was released through Kregel Publications on June 27, 2015. Sherrard had self-published an earlier edition and was signed by Kregel for this second edition with new chapters on how Christians may address the current liberal culture through the use of apologetics. The release came one day after the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage throughout the country. Sherrard had already re-written his chapter on truth to reflect "our culture's use of right and wrong, particularly in LGBT issues, and how we can leverage that to raise questions like the origin and basis of human rights," he says. The book is available at the Kregel link on the title above, at AmazonSmile.com where a portion of the proceeds are donated back to our ministry at Ratio Christi, and at most other booksellers.
RC's Julie D. Loos Featured in Missouri Baptist Convention's Apologetics Newsletter
Earlier this year, we announced that Ratio Christi's Prayer and Boosters Director, Julie D. Loos, was named as the first female member of the Missouri Baptist Convention's newly created Apologetics Network. The MBC has now created an Apologetics Newsletter and the July 2015 issue features a profile of Loos where she talks about how she discovered apologetics and her involvement with RC and Moms in Prayer International. We thank the Lord for this recognition.
Ratio Christi Student Featured on Stand to Reason with Greg Koukl
Ryan Moore, an outstanding Ratio Christi student from Tennessee Tech, was interviewed on Stand to Reason by Greg Koukl. Moore, now at Frank Turek's CrossExamined Instructors Academy, talks with Koukl about the hard cultural issues of our day and more. Click here and scroll down to "Ryan Moore" Tuesday June 2, 2015 to listen. RC previously featured Moore in a website article about how he made influential inroads with atheists on campus.
Ratio Christi Spotlighted on Mars Hill Radio Network
Julie D. Loos, RC's Boosters Director, had the chance to talk about Ratio Christi's mission and vision not once, not twice, but three times on the Mars HIll Radio Network in May of 2015. In three five-minute spotlights which were aired three days in a row, Loos spoke with host Dan Dunn and gave the particulars of how people can get involved in helping to spread the word about RC's apologetics clubs on college campuses. MP3's are coming soon so our readers can listen. The Mars Hill Network streams Christian topics on the internet and broadcasts on radio stations within concentrated areas of New York and nearby regions of Canada. UPDATE: In June 2015, RC's International Director John Stewart was featured on Mars Hill's "Open Mic" Friday night program. He made listeners aware of the denial of free religious speech on college campuses and spoke with Dunn about other challenges for Christians in today's politically correct culture.
RC's John Stewart heard Nationwide on "The Christian Worldview"
Ratio Christi's International Director, John Stewart, had the opportunity to explain our Mission and Vision on "The Christian Worldview" with host David Wheaton, author of the book University of Destruction: Your Game Plan for Spiritual Victory on Campus, Wheaton's program is broadcast on over 250 radio stations and streams on the internet. Stewart and Wheaton also discussed legal challenges to Christian free speech being experienced by students on college campuses, and how learning apologetics such as taught by Ratio Christi can have a great impact. Stewart is also an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Hear the podcast at the first link above.
RC Colorado Event Reported on Examiner.com, picked up by Google Alerts
"Think Week," an event in Golden, Colorado sponsored by three Ratio Christi Chapters was covered by Denver's Christian Perspectives Examiner Shawn Mathis. This report was then circulated on Google News Alerts. Our chapters from Colorado School of Mines, Portland State University and San Jose State University hosted speakers including Christian apologists Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe and Michael Behe, author of Darwin's Black Box during the last week of April 2015 and turnout was excellent. The event was a spinoff after the success of a similar event earlier that month in Portland, Oregon where all three chapters had also participated.
Ratio Christi’s Julie Loos announced as a member of Missouri Baptist Convention's Apologist Panel
The Pathway, the Missouri Baptist Convention’s Newspaper, has announced Julie D. Loos, RC’s Boosters and Prayer Director, as the first female member of their newly created Apologetics Network.
"Our vision is to equip every Missouri Baptist to defend the Christian faith with gentleness and respect according to 1 Peter 3:15-16," says Rob Phillips, MBC’s network coordinator and apologetics strategist. 1 Peter 3:15 is also Ratio Christi’s signature verse.
Loos, a resident of St. Louis, Missouri, is also a member of the International Society of Women in Apologetics. We are thankful to have her as one of our spokespersons.